Sagar Arya reads Aravind Adiga's Man Booker Prize-winning satire on contemporary India.
The story of Balram Halwai, the son of a rickshaw puller, who escapes the rural poverty of his village into the bright lights and corruption of the city.
|01||20090223||The White Tiger gets his name.|
|02||20090224||Balram finds work in a teashop, but his eyes are set on greater things.|
When the chance of a job as a chauffeur comes up, he sees a way out of his family's grinding poverty.
|03||20090225||Balram quickly learns the ropes in his new position as number two driver and leaves his family, his village and his scruples behind as he sets his sights on promotion.|
|04||20090226||Balram's wealthy employers are moving to Delhi, but only one driver will be needed - Balram is determined to make sure the job is his.|
|05||20090227||Balram has made it to the city, and quickly learns that he will need some sharp survival tactics to make his way.|
|06||20090302||Balram comes up against the corruption at the heart of his wealthy employers' lives as a road accident leaves him taking the blame for Pinky Madam's drunkenness.|
|07||20090303||As his employer's marriage falls apart and his business dealings become even more corrupt, Balram begins to dream of the glittering prizes that his new life offers.|
|08||20090304||Temptation stares Balram in the face as he sees just how deeply his employer is mired in the corruption of the city.|
|09||20090305||Balram's fateful decision has been made and now is the moment when he passes the point of no return.|
|10 LAST||20090306||Balram has made it out of the darkness and into the dazzle of entrepreneurial success.|
The cost has been high, and could be even higher in the future, but for the White Tiger the price has been worth it.